Learn about Orthodontics
Article by Tanya Vaysman, DMD
New York Orthodontist
If you are considering braces, you’ve probably heard of the term orthodontics. But, do you really know what orthodontics means or how it can help improve your health and self-esteem? According to the medical news website Medical News Today, orthodontics is defined as “a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite.”
Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care professional known as an orthodontist, who is well trained in this field. The best orthodontists,have finished two to three years of additional training after dental school.
The word orthodontics comes from the Greek word “orthos” meaning “straight, perfect or proper,” and “dontos” which means “teeth.” And if you visit an experienced staff, they will help you correct issues with your teeth so you can achieve the smile that you’ve always dreamed of.
What can orthodontic treatment do for you?
Orthodontic treatment will provide you with benefits that are more than just cosmetic in nature. By applying dental devices like braces and various types of head gears, orthodontists can help adjust your bite, straighten your teeth and even help you speak more clearly.
Through their work, orthodontists can:
Correct an improper bite
Ensure the top of your teeth are aligned
Help close spaces between teeth
Improve eating and speaking functions
Reduce the possibility of long-term wear and tear on your teeth
Straighten teeth that are out of place.
How can malocclusions affect your children?
Bad teeth can take a toll on your children’s confidence. You may also be interested in knowing that bad habits formed during childhood could have also contributed to your child’s malocclusions. For example, a behavior as innocent as thumb sucking can cause a change in the teeth and nearby bone, resulting in malocclusions. Accidents that result in trauma to the face and jaw can also be responsible for crooked teeth and can negatively impact a bite.
You should keep in mind that just because your son or daughter has a bite that isn’t as perfect as it could be, this doesn’t mean that any damage as a result of the position of your teeth is irreversible. A trip to a reputable orthodontist and orthodontic treatment is all that it takes to correct malocclusions.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Although you’ll get a bette,r idea of what type of treatment you may require during your first appointment you may benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have:
An overbite, also known as a deep bite
An underbite, which often gives people a “bulldog” appearance
Impacted teeth, which occur when the teeth that come in are not in the right position
Front teeth that protrude
Teeth that are crowded
Too much space in between each tooth.
Of course, these conditions are only examples of why people may need orthodontic treatment. For a more comprehensive and thorough evaluation, you should seek the professional opinion of an orthodontist.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Scheduling an appointment has never been easier. To learn more about orthodontics and how you can benefit from such treatment, you can make an appointment online by clicking here.